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I thought the ending was pretty good and the story was handled pretty Rin has long since passed, relationships are fleeting, but in Manji's. The resolution to the Manji/Rin pair was not what I expected. Rin did Manji is immortal, and Rin is not. . She had a semi-peaceful ending. Ozuhaun's (Mute with mask and whistle) ending was a bit of cop out. Last seen in fleeing happy ending. No goodbye scene between Manji and Rin. He didn't seem to show much connection with the old lady. The second.
When used on Manji, the results are especially gory, excruciating, and horrific. Makie, deliberately making herself worthless as a prostitute. Hyakurin cuts her hair as an offering to a fallen friend. Plenty - see Exotic Weapon Supremacy above.
The mangaka admits that most of Manji's weapons are of his own design and have no historical precedent, but the grand prize goes to Giichi, who somehow manages to be one of the deadliest fighters in the series despite being armed with a guillotine-flail. Incurable Cough of Death: Makie has an apparently incurable respiratory disease, tuberculosis.
Fortunately for her, Itto-ryu got a competent doctor to maintain her and during her last fight Manji manages to obtain a superior version of an in-universe tuberculosis cure, Asaemon pills. However, the medicine's effect is only temporary.
When she begins to cough up blood during her battle with Giichi, he moves in to kill her and promptly gets his hand cut off. Turns out Anotsu had given her the cure long time ago, but she was hesitant to take it since in the beginning she didn't know if she wanted to continue living as a murderer and later she question whether her she wanted to life so bad that she had to eat the Asaemon pills that is made of human liver.
She had faked succumbing to the tuberculosis by biting off the tip of her own tongue so she could appear to cough up blood because Giichi looked strong and she need a diversion Instrument of Murder: Makie conceals her weapon within a shamisen, which she also plays on occasion. One of the first of many terrible things we see Shira do is feed Rin the dog she befriended for sick kicks. He meets his end when he is eaten alive by wolves. Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Manji, to Rin, in the early stages of their relationship.
Katanas Are Just Better: While some great swordsmen use the basic katana most notably Habaki Kagimura and Yamada Asaemonalmost every serious threat uses a unique personal weapon with some kind of trick to it.
Tellingly the greatest fighter in the series uses a combination of a pike and three section staff. The Big Bad sorta, see Gray and Gray Morality explicitly chose a Chinese sword and a enormous and deadly axe as his weapons to prove that the katana is worthless, and has so far succeeded. Particularly when a poor samurai gets a head-crushing object lesson on why a thin sliver of metal isn't the best shield against a twenty kilo axe.
The main arc actually revolves around this trope as, due to xenophobia within Japan, a non-katana or foreign weapon-wielding swordsman is considered a heretic and would be cause for expulsion from accepted sword schools. Anotsu's grandfather was expelled from his sword school for this reason and ended up creating Itto-ryu, a school devoted to proving that the katana and its traditional sword-style is not the be-all and end-all of swordsmanship.
Another thing is that, since the katana is the most-commonly-used weapon in this era, several characters in this story such as Giichi devised a weapon and fighting style that can be defined as "anti-katana" making normal katana-users an easy target for them. Anotsu and Makie are second cousins grandparents were siblings and blatantly romantically attached, although their relationship is pretty complicated.
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Every time Shira shows up, the series' tone darkens considerably. He was certainly obsessed with eliminating the Itto-ryu before, but now that his seppuku is coming closer, the man is obsessed with erasing not only the Itto-ryu, but anything and anyone that gets in his way. Makie is the strongest fighter in the series, is graceful and quick enough to avoid the blood spray from all of her attacks, and is lovely enough to inspire Rin to jealousy.
Take her Manji away, and the adorable, averagely-strong Rin becomes a force of destruction against anything standing between herself and her man. Light Is Not Good: Shira has a bright kimono with sun painted on it, and later his hair turns white.
Anyone else disappointed with the epilogue (spoiler warning)
He is also an extremely sadistic Psycho for Hire. Manji's trademark black-and-white swastika kimono. Lampshaded in Chapterwhere Rin is utterly flabbergasted to learn that they're actually sold in stores: Doa, who is a bit older than usual but still has the body type.
Makie had sewed her right hand closed so that she wouldn't be tempted to pick up her sword again, and when Anotsu pulled out the strings, she started screaming in agony. Rin was sitting outside Makie's hut as they were doing this, and it's obvious by her expression and what she says to Anotsu afterward what she thought had been going on.
The katana is a very effective cutting weapon, but seriously, taking off multiple limbs in one stroke is just ridiculous. Katana sharpness is actually known for this capability, especially the handmade custom katana. The Mythbusters actually tested the "bone question" in a web episode, only to learn that katana is sharp, thin and has enough force to cut through bone easily. Manji and presumably the rest of the other characters actually regularly maintain and sharpen his katanas to keep this capability.
On the other hand, it's also mentioned several times in this series that not all katanas in the series are well made or properly maintained enough to have the capability. Burando, or more precisely a Mad Doctor. All the prisoners from the Prison arc wearing otter hoods, though they only attack because they've been driven insane through hideous torture.
You know how successful the title change is when even the hardcore otaku doesn't refer the series as Mugen no Juunin Inhabitant of Infinitywhich is the original title. The series is full of them, although surprisingly Manji isn't one of them- he's a great fighter, but leans on his immortality most of the time he barely has any fights where he doesn't take at least one wound that would be fatal to a normal person.
Anotsu, Habaki Kagimura and Yamada Asaemon are probably the most prominent examples. However, the trope is subverted when the two most deadly warriors in the series aren't swordsmen: Habaki's assassin Giichi, who uses a weird flying guillotine on a chain and later a pair of chained sickles he borrows from Manjiand Makie Otonotachibana, the single deadliest warrior in the series, who uses a sort of three-sectioned glaive instead of a sword and is also not a "man" either.
During Manji's final fight against Shirathe latter is revealed to be immortal, just like him Manji is introduced to the Rokki when, thanks to sharing similar Distinguishing Marks with their target, they mistake him for Itto-ryu member Sukezane Baro. Doma of the Rokki-dan mentally drops a rather random one near the end of the series while Habaki Kagimura is proclaiming death sentences on their adversaries after casually dismissing Anotsu's claims that they're all murderers here.
Sheesh, he's like a black pot in a glass house Mohs Scale of Violence Hardness: A fluctuating Level 8 for most of its run, though later arcs definitely peak at Level 9. Manji's "kill evil men to be free of the kessen-chu" story is pretty much forgotten after the first few volumes, although it's briefly brought up again in volume 14 when he reminds Rin that he can't just hack down anyone she tells him to.
In her first appearance, Hyakurin steals a kimono from a woman as part of an assassination plot, leaving the woman and her husband Bound and Gagged in a closet. She actually thanks them for the outfit and apologizes for inconveniencing them before she leaves. Ozuhan carries a whistle which causes anyone who hears it terrible pain, though why this is hasn't been explained since Ozuhan is conveniently a deaf mute.
He repents by visiting the families of his victims and doing proper doctor work. Took a while to show up, but it's eventually revealed the shogunate have got droves of them. See the character page. Manji has the swastika symbol on the back of his clothes as a reference to immortality.
In fact, manji is the Japanese name for the swastika symbol. In the original version, it's drawn in the "Nazi direction", but in English translation was flipped to the "Buddhist direction". The name Manji refers to the Japanese symbol that looks like a backwards "swastika" or sauvastika.
He wears the symbol on his back, which is one of the reasons they didn't "reverse the art" in the US publication.
In the German version they had to remove the symbol on Manji's back and made it a simple cross, since it's forbidden in Germany to show it anywhere, despite the fact that the story takes place centuries before the rise of the Nazis. For comparison This has actually gotten to the point where Dark Horse Comics put a disclaimer on the inside cover of the book stating the difference between Manji's Buddhist insignia, and the German Swastika.
Off with His Head! Happens all the time to mooks, and it's very rarely clean and precise. Manji is the most blatant example, famously slaughtering a hundred police officers. Only a Flesh Wound: Whilst Manji has an excuseeven the ordinary humans can take ludicrous amounts of punishment and still remain functional, especially when one considers the decidedly primitive medical care available. Magatsu is a particularly big offender, repeatedly shrugging off getting Impaled with Extreme Prejudice like it ain't no thing.
This affect Manji's sword skill quite considerably, as the immortality turns him into sloppy fighter that constantly gets hit and bested by his opponent. At some point Manji actually thanks the opponent for giving his "fear" back.
Rin's current stance on the subject of revenge against Anotsu Only Six Faces: At the beginning this tended to occur with the female and minor characters, though it has improved significantly over time. Literally with Manji, as his condition makes him unable to either shave it off or turn it into a proper beard.
Ironically while being eaten by dogs, Shira tells Renzo to stop the Cycle of Revengethough it's mainly due to the fact that it's nearly impossible to kill Manji.
Several volumes are dedicated to the human experiments on immortality. Rin isn't strong, but she just won't give up. Hyakurin, after being gang raped in "Beasts". Shira once he leaves the Mugai-ryu. Or maybe even before then, to be honest. Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: The Itto-ryu is a villainous example of democracy at its finest.
The only criterion to join is strength: The Mugai-ryu is a less extreme but more dramatic example. Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: This trope is one of the reasons Shira is so unsettling. Also, Shishiya Arashino's death involves being set on fire and then hacked to pieces. Rin delivers a pretty amazing one to Doctor Burando. Her mother taught her that being a prostitute is better than killing people. You can rest assured that when she gracefully kills you, she will look very, very sad.
Deconstructed, as Rin and Anotsu begin to develop a much more complex relationship than that of "avenger" and "avengee". Shira's last words to Renzo are to stop seeking revenge against Manji because it's impossible. Magatsu intervenes and tells Renzo to learn more about his father and the Itto-ryu before deciding for himself.
At the end of the manga, Rin finally kills Anotsu instead of letting him escape as Manji would have done. She later states that it was not for her personal revenge, but to prevent the cycle from repeating itself next generation after Manji defeated him. Unfortunately, Anotsu is still alive when his body is carried to the ship, albeit missing an arm and with some serious wounds.
Roaring Rampage of Rescue: Rin and Doa when Manji and later Isaku is captured by the shogunate. Shira tries to invoke one on Manji in chapter Kuroi then managed to convince her to kill herself but before she could do so, Manji managed to approach Kuroi from behind and stabbed him from the back.
Weapons Edit This is a list of Manji's weapons that appeared in the manga but only those with names that are compiled in this list. Acquired from the samurai who killed his sisterthis pair of short blades seem to be Manji's preferred weapon. The blade prongs off near the guard, allowing it to be used to catch other blades. It was forged by the famous swordsmith Toratoru Kotetsu. A two bladed dagger. One blade forward, the other bending to the right. Manji seem to like climbing trees with this one.
Two sickles attached to each other by a chain that extends. Manji lent them to Giichi after Manji had broken his weapon. Two shurikenoriginally used by Kuroi Sabato. One of them has four blades, while the other only has three, although this does not appear to be significant. Manji calls it an "ugly sword", one which is not meant for a sheath but to cause grievous wounds by ramming it into the flesh of an enemy and pulling it out again.
Because of the Kessen-chu inhabiting his body, Manji has attained immortality. His body will always return to the state it was when the Kessen-chu were implanted, allowing him to sustain almost any wound. The only weaknesses of this immortality according to Ayame Burando are starvation, burning to ash, extreme cold, grievous damage to the bodily organs, lack of food or oxygen, being crushed to a pulp and drowning. Manji is an expert swordsman seeing as he was able to survive a hundred death matches before his immortality.
Manji is a weapon master owing to the fact that he uses a large variety of weapons easily. The Blade monthly comic series was one of the longest running monthly manga series in the United States — if not the longest serialized run — at issues!
The manga industry was very different when Dark Horse started publishing the series in Do you know what it was about this manga that made it a good fit for the audience at that time? In the late '80s and early '90s, I believe the popularity of shonen and seinen titles dictated what a lot of publishers were releasing. There was a lot of retailer confidence in those genres, and sales at the time pushed things in that direction. Most manga series were being released as flopped, monthly comic books, too, before being collected!
Dark Horse had released some classic manga titles, and Blade of the Immortal felt like a perfect fit to expand the line. Why do you think it has remained popular for 20 years? Some spin-off projects, like the anime series and the light novel tie-in from several years back, only seemed to remind readers how great the original source manga is. In the early volumes, Samura sort of stops the action when the actual kill happens, turning it into a splash page with a very static, often symmetric design.
Do you have any insight into why he did that in the beginning, and why he stopped later on? I feel that Rin is the real heart of the series and the story — Rin and her relation to and fixation on Itto-ryu leader Anotsu. Samura evolved as a storyteller. But everyone misses those great death spreads and splash pages.
Samura did them so well! As someone who has been involved with the series for a long time, what other major changes did you see Samura make along the way to his art and storytelling style? Rin goes on a long quest to free him. Did you ever have the opportunity to talk to Samura about the series? If so, what did he have to say?
Hiroaki Samura didn't want his art flipped, so the panels were rearranged instead.